The beautiful and brilliant golden color of the aspen trees is a familiar sight to anyone living in the mountains of the western US. It is great family fun to have a fall picnic and have the kids run around and try to catch the falling leaves. Or as I have done here, after taking several photographs, I simply laid on the forest floor, watched and listened. The photo taken from this scene is in the Fall Colors Gallery.
Above the town of Crested Butte, Colorado, and beyond the ski area, is a National Forest. But before getting to this public land, one must pass through 1.5 miles of private land. It is hard for me to imagine that this is someone’s view each day. Crested Butte has some of the most beautiful mountains and land in Colorado.
With the National Parks closed I explored Estes Park, Colorado, one of the many small communities that depend upon the parks for their income. Estes Park is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The biggest building in town in the Stanley Hotel, built by the inventor of the Stanley Steamer. It was also the setting for the Stanley Kubrick movie ‘The Shining.’ Hey, one guess what my middle initial ‘S’ stands for…. I spent lots of time on these stairs trying to capture their grandeur. Actual paying guests kept getting in my way.
We are exploring in the Pikes Peak area, Manitou, Colorado, as the National Parks are shut down. Basically inside the town limits is the Garden of the Gods city park. The land was donated by a family in the early 1900 with the stipulation that it always be kept free to the public.
The park is a wonderful maze of walking paths and sidewalks. I should have come here for sunrise, but not knowing the area very well, I missed a great opportunity for some photographs.